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  1. Hi Mark, Thanks! ... separating the strips into two pieces was a great technique. On my Vasa (single planked hull) I tried to keep the planking strips in one piece, and there was much difficulty bending and shaping some of the strips where the bow and stern curvature was large. Although I also used cyano and accelerator to tack the planks to the bulkheads, I do not like the cyano glue because any spills or seepages are difficult to clean up, and any cyano glue residue looks awful when the timbers are stained later on. I think next time, I will use PVA (which cleans up easily when wet), and will use these planking clamps: http://www.micromark.com/10-piece-planking-clamp-set,6454.html Rob
  2. Hi Mark, Masterful job of first planking! Looks really good. I notice the lower hull planks have one join ... what is the reason for the join? ... maybe it was easier to plank if you did the bow and stern separately? ... anyway, I wonder if you have any pics showing the planking of one side's lower hull in progress at 50% stage? What technique did you use for holding strips in place? ... did you use CA glue to tack the planks to the bulkheads, and PVA glue between planks to glue them together? Thanks, Rob
  3. Completed the walkway installation in the prow of the ship ... not stained yet ... that will come later, after the rigging stay rails (lower picture) are fixed in place.
  4. Here's one of the completed gun ports ... in fact all 54 of them are completed and waiting to be fitted ... the hatch covers are bits of lollipop sticks, the hinges are hammered bits of brass wire, and the canon is mounted to a small square of perspex with a hole drilled, and a "gun carriage" painted in black on the back. The lights installed in the model shine through the perspex of the gun port.
  5. Thanks everyone for the very informative and helpful replies. I now know what I have to do, thanks to you! I will be adding the scupper holes and small plates / drainage spouts before staining the hull. Plus the gallery skylight and postman pat hatchway :-)
  6. @Tadeusz43@ Thanks a lot for your helpful reply ... hence the words from "The drunken sailor" ... <<put him in the scuppers with a hose pipe on him>> ... presumably "the scuppers" was also a collective slang for a sewer/ drainage trench etc ...
  7. Peter and Mark, Thanks for your replies ... I agree with you both ... but I am really puzzled why the Museum issued digital drawings in 1970 (with the VasaMueet name and address on them) showing a door and not a window. The line drawing excerpt I posted earlier is from the VasaMuseet digital drawings dated 1970, not from Corel or a kit manufacturer. Supposedly the digital drawings were based on a laser scan of the actual ship. But if it is true about the laser scan, then why the incorrect imagery showing there being a door in that position?
  8. Anyone know about the "step" with a hole in it in the earlier pic I posted? What is it? What is its purpose? It it an attachment point for some mechanism for raising or lowering the longboat? Or for attachment of a ladder for the crew?
  9. Another question ... some modellers "created" a skylight in the lower galleries, probably based on this view of the actual Vasa. I think this is not a "skylight". I checked the digital plans published by the museum and they show a full door in the gallery roof. Does anyone know the answer? Was there a boarding door in the roof of the lower gallery? Both port and starboard? Why do no model kits show this door in their plans?
  10. Hi Michael, yes I know what you mean about the 1/10th. But they made mistakes on it if you look closely enough. For example ... they "forgot" to make a keel and a lower hull ... they should really have built it so it would float :-)
  11. Here's an image of a gun port and cover from the full size Vasa, showing the ropes that were used to open and close the gun port cover. There's a small ring attached to each side of the gun port cover, with a separate rope tied to each ring. The upper rope is under tension because it is holding the gun port cover open. The lower rope is used to pull the cover into its fully closed position, and then tie it off under tension so the cover remains closed in bad weather. I am thinking of using some thin copper wire to make the rings ... will the work on modifying the "Billing" gun ports ever finish? Can anyone tell me what the "step" with a hole in the middle is, the piece highlighted in red?
  12. Glueing the hinges to gun port covers to the gun ports was a fiddly job. I wanted every hinge to be parallel and the spacing to be correct for assembly to the gun ports later. SO I made a small "jig" to hold the cover in place and define the correct spacing for the hinges which were hammered 1cm pieces of copper wire with a 2mm 135 degree bend at the end. I used cyano glue and accelerator, then filed any surplus cyano away after it was set.
  13. Started painting the hull, needed a break from the pesky gun port parts! The paint Turi and I decided to use for the Vasa "red" is Humbrol Matt Acrylic Scarlet Red, code number 09. When dry, it is a good match to the color used for the museum model ship.
  14. More progress with the gun ports. I cut the backs off the plastic "lion's head" gun port covers provided by Billing Boats, because they were hollow and just completely wrong. Made new gun port cover wooden hatches from lollipop sticks. Made hinges from a length of copper wire (TV aerial core) hammered flat. Painted everything before assembly. About 40 hours work on these so far and not quite finished yet ...
  15. About the bowsprit - foremast block and tackle arrangement .... Do these two pictures of the Vasa in the museum help? ... The lower block has only 3 holes, I guess the upper one 3 or maybe 4 ...

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